Sunday, September 5, 2010

A SWEET Contest: The Great YA Bake Sale of 2010

It’s here, it’s here - The Great YA Bake Sale of 2010!

From the deliciously clever Christine Johnson:

"It all started when I realized that YA authors seem to have one big thing in common - an obsession with sweets and baking.

That gave me an idea. I started calling (well - okay, emailing) around and ended up with more than a dozen kind, sugar-loving authors on board to bring you one amazing contest.

Here’s the deal:

To enter, simply leave a thoughtful comment on an author’s Bake Sale blog post, or tweet about the contest with the hashtag #YABakeSale10. Voila! You’re entered.

When you enter, you become eligible to win any one of the Personal Prize Packs (i.e. a comment on Saundra Mitchell’s blog may net you the Cyn Balog prize pack. You’re entering the whole contest, not just that particular author’s part of it.) You also become eligible to win the humongonormous Grand Prize Basket.

What’s in the Grand Prize Basket?

Each author has hand-written two copies of a favorite sweet-treat recipe. One copy has gone into a beautiful recipe book that is part of the Grand Prize Basket. In addition to the (hand-written! Did I mention that?) recipe collection, the Grand Prize winner will receive:

A signed copy of Cyn Balog’s SLEEPLESS
Bookmarks for KAT, INCORRIGIBLE by Stephanie Burgis
Signed bookmarks for THE CRESCENT and HALF MOON, pencils, and a crescent moon and crystal-studded star necklace from Jordan Deen
A (signed?) copy of THE BODY FINDER, a THE BODY FINDER tote bag, sticker and bookmarks from Kimberley Derting
An EVERLASTING-themed notebook, bookmark and pin from Angela Frazier
A signed copy of CLAIRE DE LUNE, signed stickers and a silver, moon-themed bookmark from Christine Johnson
A signed copy of SHADOWED SUMMER, matching chocolate candies, Twilight-themed heart candies, bookmarks and THE VESPERTINE dance card from Saundra Mitchell
A signed copy of THE PACE, by Shelena Shorts, along with bookmarks and THE PACE pencils
A signed hard-cover of SHADE and a Keeley Brothers pin from Jeri-Smith Ready
A signed copy of PERSONAL DEMONS, a PERSONAL DEMONS tank top, temporary tattoos, and bookmarks from Lisa Desrochers
A signed copy of Shannon Delany's 13 TO LIFE and a signed super-limited edition chapbook of SECRETS AND SHADOWS (including the prologue and chapter one).


But that’s not all!

Each author has one other handwritten recipe that will be part of each author’s own Personal Prize Pack.

The prize packs include:

Cyn Balog - Signed copy of SLEEPLESS and a handwritten recipe for Coconut Bread.
Stephanie Burgis - UK paperback copy of A MOST IMPROPER MAGICK and a hand written recipe for Apple Muffins
Kay Cassidy - Hand-written recipe and giveaways
Megan Crewe - Hand-written recipe and giveaways
Shannon Delany - Hand-written recipe and signed copy of 13 to Life
Jordan Deen - Basket with Pampered Chef baking gear and a recipe for Orange Pineapple Cake
Kimberley Derting - Signed copy of The Body Finder, stickers, a totebag, bookmarks and a recipe for Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Lisa Desrochers - A copy of PERSONAL DEMONS and a recipe for Sunday Coffee Cupcakes
Angie Frazier - A signed hard-cover copy of EVERLASTING, bookmark, and a recipe for Butter Rum Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream Frosting
Judith Graves - Copy of UNDER MY SKIN, a character card, and a recipe for Dead Lady Fingers
Christine Johnson - A signed hard-cover copy of CLAIRE DE LUNE, stickers, a silver moon-themed bookmark and a recipe for Chocolate-Chip Butterscotch Blondies
Saundra Mitchell - Recipe and giveaways
Jennifer Murgia - ANGEL STAR swag, Octogram earrings, and a hand-written recipe
Shelena Shorts - Signed copy of THE BROKEN LAKE and bookmarks and a hand-written recipe
Jeri Smith-Ready - SHADE UK paperback edition and a recipe for Scottish Oat Scones

Fine print: The contest entries must be posted by midnight eastern time on September 20th. This contest is open to the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Questions? Leave them in the comments or email me - christine(at) "

Pretty sweet contest, huh? Big thanks to Christine for putting all this together and making it a pretty easy thing to be a part of (thank goodness!).

So go, enter--hop over to every author's blog to enter all of the contests for all of the giveaways and remember to make sure your comment's somewhat thoughtful, not just "Please enter me" (which frankly makes me think of demonic possession ;).

Have fun!


thekams said...

"Please enter me" (which frankly makes me think of demonic possession ;)
LOL. It kind of does sound like that, doesn't it =P

This is such an awesome giveaway! I love to bake, and am always looking for new recipes - this contest is right up my alley (and the chapbook of Secrets and Shadows is amazing!).

Liz. R said...

RECIPES. It's finally happened. My dream has come true. Books and good food have finally come together in one great big ball of awesome. I love making cakes and cookies and muffins and other delicious treats; I also love reading. I am in a state of happiness because I think this is the best contest ever.


Grace said...

this looks like lots of fun. :D and a good chance for me to get hold of what I've heard is a good book.

Jessica said...

Wow sounds great! Exactly where do we go though? I was a bit confused. All the dessert pictures are making me hungry and I'm trying to avoid sweets! Oh the agony!


Emily a.k.a WilowRaven : ) said...

Oh man, I say 'please enter me' all the time! Now you have me thinking about demons...and cupcakes...and demon cupcakes...deadly and tasty?

Anyway! Great contest - you guys rock!


Valentine Belik said...

this is, with no doubt, the sweetest contest that I ever knew
it's perfect, all those recipes and the books, seriously those prizes are amazing!!

I'm glad that you were one of the sugar-loving authors!!!

Allie & Stevi said...

This is so awesome! I love to see new and unique contests(plus an awesome prize list) on the net, of course i was drawn to it since my blog is books and food too ;p
count me in :)

brandileigh2003 said...

This is making me hungry!!!!

Abhishek Duggal said...

Thanks for the opportunity!

forsurveysonly at gmail dot com

Heather said...

What an awesome contest! I am sooo tweeting about this!

Erika Lynn said...

this is an amazing contest! I love to bake but I am not very good at it, I can handle brownies and thats about it

Nicole Zoltack said...

Awesome contest!

Nicole.Zoltack AT gmail DOT com

Shannon Delany said...

LOL! Okay, just so you know--if you're confused, head to Christine's blog post about the Bake Sale. essentially you need to comment on as many of the participating authors' blog posts about the event (and especially Christine's) to get entries into multiple prize drawings.

Good luck, gang!

donnas said...

Great contest! Lots of great prizes there.

Jessy said...

This post is making me sooo hungry! I think I'm going to go home and eat some cheesecake!

Aeriell Fanara said...

Yay! I love this contest. All great authors and sweets :) Super excited!

(Also a fan of your book on facebook)

P.S. Can't wait for Secrets and Shadows

Pokadots1121 said...

This is a great bake sale and giveaway! I love baking and trying out new recipes, and reading books so what could get better. I can eat snacks while reading. Thanks for having the contest!

Crazy Cat Lady said...

What a wonderful contest - combining 2 of my favorite things, YA and dessert recipes! Couldn't be more appropriate!

Crazy Cat Lady

Crazy Cat Lady said...

I tweeted:

Crazy Cat Lady

Erica said...

I would love to try all those recipes. They all sound simply heavenly!